NEW MEXICO TOUR
7 Days, 730 Miles
Intermediate-Advanced (extended tour length, daily mileage, technical terrain, remote areas)
We begin this tour on sandy two track, rising out of the Rio Grande valley into the high desert. Our first day will have us riding several river washes and visiting at least 2 hidden ghost towns. Ultimately, the beautifully restored Magdalena Hall hotel and the historic town of Magdalena, which is a sort of ghost town in itself, awaits us. From there, we explore lush Aspen forests, high mountain peaks, rocky desert trails, canyon interiors, many ghost towns and historical relics from a day when New Mexico was even less populated than it is now - hard to believe! Each evening, we will find ourselves at a different lodging establishment; a mix of historic Inn's, remote cabins, hunting lodges and cool downtown hotels.
The New Mexico tour is 5 years in the making. Spenser and Eric first visited New Mexico in 2015 and fell in love with the beautiful landscape, flavorful cuisine and amazing riding opportunities.
We've visited on 2 subsequent scouting trips and have designed a week-long route that encompasses some of the best riding New Mexico has to offer through various exciting and beautiful landscapes.
The food...Well, the food is amazing. Not fancy, but the spices and flavor combinations that New Mexican food is known for are out of this world. If you don't care for spicy food, pack some Tums because "mild" is a word that is rarely used in New Mexico.
Airport/local hotel transfer
7 days of expert guidance
7 nights comfortable, clean lodging
Delicious, hearty dinners (6)
Chase vehicle with extra bike, tools and gear
Guides versed in local area, bike maintenance and certified in Wilderness First Aid
AMA Sanctioned and insured ride
Arrive at Albuquerque International airport
Transfer to Belen, NM (20 mi)
Dinner, outdoor grilling
Belen - Magdalena. 107 miles
Depart Belen on sandy desert 2-track. Rocky and sand-strewn trails wind us up toward Magdalena where we stop and visit 2 beautifully preserved ghost towns. One of which has a rustic pavilion area where we dig into our bag lunch.
Arrive in the historic town of Magdalena and the beautiful Magdalena Hall hotel.
Magdalena - Datil. 126 miles
After a big breakfast at the Magdalena Cafe we head into the high mountains of the Cibola Forest where we will reach heights of 11,000 feet. Enjoy a unique birds-eye view of the Very Large Array, a NOAA satellite observatory in the middle of the New Mexico desert. Some seriously fun roads wind us down into the very small town of Datil where we dine on fresh, cut-to-order steaks and slumber in a clean and simple hunters motel on site.
Datil - Reserve. 114 miles
Keeping to the higher elevations and continuing to cross long forgotten ranches, homesteads and village hamlets. The expanses seem endless, the views dramatic and ever changing.
Many fun two track and forest roads through the Wilderness of the Gila. We will likely see huge herds of Elk, Caribou, Deer. The small, funky cowboy town of Reserve is where we'll hang our helmets. Dinner will be BBQ on the patio.
Reserve - Glenwood. 99 miles
We wind our way up to Bearwallow Mountain for a spectacular view of the Gila Wilderness and all the way to the White Mountains in Arizona. The trail gets a bit rough as we follow the Mineral creek off of the mountain and stop in at one of our favorite historic stops; the Old Waterman place. We end the day in the mountain town of Glenwood, cooking dinner and keeping warm over an open fire until we decide to retire to our well-appointed cabins.
Glenwood - Silver City. 108 miles
Out of the high altitude country and back into the rugged desert. Day 5 is a rest day of sorts as there are few technical sections and we aim to get into Silver City with time to wander and explore the quaint and interesting little city before dining. In Silver City we will stay in a cool art deco hotel, right in the city center.
Silver City - Truth or Consequences. 163 miles
A truly spectacular day in the Gila. We head North into the lush pine forest of Piños altos. Turning into one of the most remote areas of the entire trip, we traverse the Gila and enter Chloride canyon, arguably the most fun and beautiful vehicular road in all of New Mexico. The canyon road ultimately spills into the almost ghost town of Chloride where we receive a private tour of the 200 year old general store and the old town remains. Refreshments at the WInston store before heading onto T or C on a desolate stretch of blacktop as the sun sets behind us. Dinner of deliciously sloppy Green Chile Cheeseburgers and homemade onion rings awaits!
Truth or Consequences - Truth or Consequences. 45 miles
We head out of T or C for a 2.5 hour loop ride through some fun sandy washes and make a stop at a now defunct dam in the middle of the desert. We return to T or C in time for a hot spring mineral bath. Soak away 7 days of desert riding in the 105-degree natural mineral pools on the edge of the Rio Grande River. This is truly the best way to end a trip. Soak, relax, think back on the amazing ride you've just experienced and prepare for your journey home.
Transfer to Abuquerque International airport from Truth or Consequences, NM (140mi transfer)
We will offer 2 options to get back to ABQ for a flight;
Option 1 - Depart for ABQ end of Day 7 - This option works for Red-eye or next day early morning flights.
Option 2 - Depart for ABQ morning of Day 8 - This option works for flights departing Noon or later on Day 8.
We are going to eat well on this trip - if you like New Mexican food. New Mexico does not skimp on portion size or flavor! I will warn you that we will be eating a lot of Burritos and similar variations. On the trail, there will be no lunch stops. We will pack a bag lunch each morning to eat along the way.
Each evening, we will find ourselves at a different lodging establishment; a mix of historic Inns, remote cabins, hunting lodges and cool downtown hotels.
The art deco inspired Murray Hotel in Silver City, NM (top)
The historic Magdalena Hall hotel in Magdalena, NM (below)
Click on the image below to read about our introduction to New Mexico and subsequent scouting trips in our 3-part blog series, "It ain't New and it ain't Mexico":
Motorcycle endorsement holder
Rider should be in good health and able to endure several hours on bike each day
Rider should possess basic off-road riding skills; rear brake usage, body positioning, foot peg weighting.
Rider must wear full-face helmet, gloves, off-road-specific boots, armored motorcycle-specific jacket and pants.
Bike should be in good running and street-legal condition; registered, insured and thoroughly checked over.
Bike should be equipped with good, off-pavement tires and engine case protection. Feel free to contact MotoVermont for bike-specific tire recommendations.
Rider and bike should be able to endure some highway riding. Much of the mileage is unpaved during this tour, but there are some cases where 2 lane highway riding is necessary.
This tour is designed for dual sport bikes 650cc and under.
* Add $500 for single occupancy lodging.
Double lodging only available to family/friends booking together.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
2023 Dates TBA
Ground transportation provided by Moto Vermont to and from Albuquerque Airport (ABQ) or area hotel.
Storage of your non-riding gear during your tour.
7 days professional guidance with lead and sweep guides versed in mechanics and wilderness first-aid
7 nights shared lodging (single lodging $500 additional)
Chase vehicle w/extra bike(s)
AMA sanctioned event
Dinner in Silver City, Day 6 (many options!)
TRANSPORTATION OF YOUR PERSONAL BIKE:
LIMITED SPACE FOR PERSONAL BIKES
We will have 4 pick-up and drop off locations:
This tour is designed for street legal dual sport bikes 650cc and under.
Spenser Peterson is head trail director for MotoVermont. He is certified in Wilderness First Aid, and skilled in trailside mechanics. An expert navigator and rider, Spenser will act as tail guide during this tour, ensuring all riders stay together and navigate obstacles along the route.
Eric Milano is the founder of MotoVermont. He is certified in Wilderness First aid and will act as a guide during our excursion through New Mexico.
Lucas Jenson is a strong, avid rider who has been riding for over 20 years. He has extensive off-road experience in the Northeast, as well as countless trips to the Western United States, Central America and Atlantic Canada. Lucas's ever-positive attitude and resourcefulness make him an invaluable addition to the New Mexico Tour team.
Support Vehicle An additional guide will drive a 4 wheel drive truck carrying an extra rental bike, tools and riders' luggage from inn to inn, allowing us to keep our bikes lightweight and nimble on the trail.
The support vehicle will parallel our route and meet us in the case of a mechanical issue or tired rider. There will always be a safe and reliable alternative to riding every day, if need be.
"I was one of the lucky people that got asked to join MotoVermont on the 2019 New Mexico scouting trip. The week of riding was an absolute pleasure!
The routes were super and the guides were second to none. You just can't beat the scenery and the meals were awesome! When you have just as many pictures of food as you do bike and scenery shots that says it all! Been on a bunch of rides all over the country and New Mexico will never disappoint.
This tour with MotoVermont will be awesome! Highly Recommended!"